It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to our longtime friend, Ken Franckling, who recently passed away. Ken was a true champion of jazz music, dedicating his life to promoting and supporting the art form in all its forms.
As a jazz critic, Ken’s knowledge and insight were unparalleled. His writing was always thoughtful, intelligent, and deeply insightful. He had a unique ability to convey the essence of a performance, capturing the spirit of the music in words. His reviews were widely read and respected by jazz musicians and fans alike, and his contributions to the field were immeasurable.
Beyond his work as a critic, Ken was a tireless advocate for jazz. He supported countless jazz musicians throughout his career, often going above and beyond to help them achieve success. He was a mentor and friend to many in the jazz community, always offering his wisdom and guidance when needed.
Ken’s passion for jazz was infectious, and his love for the music was palpable in all that he did. He was a constant presence at jazz festivals and concerts, always eager to experience the latest and greatest in jazz music. His enthusiasm and joy were contagious, and he had a way of bringing people together around a shared love of the music.
We will miss Ken deeply, but we take comfort in knowing that his legacy will live on through the countless musicians and fans whose lives he touched. His contributions to jazz music will never be forgotten, and his impact on the community will continue to be felt for many years to come.
Rest in peace, Ken. You will be deeply missed, but your spirit and your passion for jazz will live on forever.